In 1973 one of the most prolific and beloved bands in rock and roll history was formed. Forty years and 14 studio albums later, AC/DC is still going strong and, thankfully, putting an end to speculation that the band is ready to retire.
While it has been confirmed that rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is stepping aside due to serious health issues (our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family), the band has released a statement on its website confirming that their days of driving the bus along the “Highway To Hell” are not yet at an end:
“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
“In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
The “continue to make music” bit has fans excited over the thought of not only more live performances, but maybe even the possibility of a new album. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, frontman Brian Johnson stated, “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”
On a personal note, I’ve been an AC/DC fan since junior high school. For me nothing will ever rival their Highway To Hell (1979) and Back In Black (1980) albums. When I heard the rumors of Malcolm’s illness and the possibility of the band’s demise my heart dropped. Now, after learning that Brian and the boys are pushing forward I have no doubt that this is what Malcolm wants and my fingers are crossed that they’ve got one more good album left in them.